LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 3/11/12
From Press Release
Ali Steinberg had four goals and Lauren Sbrilli and Annie McGinley added three goals while goalie Lily Kalata (Smithtown East) made five saves in net and had five ground balls to lead Rutgers to a 15-7 victory over Hofstra on Saturday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.
Maryann Miller led Hofstra with four points on three goals and one assist, but it was not enough as Hofstra fell to 2-4 with the loss. Rutgers improved to 2-3 with the victory. The four points tied Miller’s career-high, set last season against Fairfield. The three goals also tied her career-high, which previously was achieved at Mount St. Mary’s during the 2009 season.
The Scarlet Knights jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the contest as Megan Clements got Rutgers on the board in the opening minute with an unassisted goal.
Hofstra would finally find the back of the net with 24:39 left in the opening stanza when freshman midfielder Brittain Altomare scored her fifth of the season on a free-position shot to make the score 3-1.
After Rutgers pushed its advantage to 5-1 with back-to-back goals from Steinberg, freshman attacker April Iannetta closed the gap to 5-2 with an unassisted goal with 8:28 left before intermission.
The Scarlet Knights would take a four-goal lead into halftime as Sbrilli scored with 39 seconds left.
Hofstra mounted an early rally to start the second stanza as the Pride scored two of the first three goals to open the half and closed to within 7-4 with 19:57 showing on the clock. The Pride goals came off the sticks of junior attacker Claire Brady and sophomore attacker Lindsay McKinnon.
That would be as close as the Pride would get, though, as the Scarlet Knights answered with a 5-0 scoring run to take a commanding 12-4 lead with less than 10 minutes to play.
Miller single-handedly tried to bring Hofstra back as she scored her three goals in a four-minute span as the Pride trailed 12-7 with 4:29 left after Miller’s eighth goal of the 2012 campaign.
Rutgers would finish the scoring in the contest with a trio of goals to tally the 15-7 victory.
Altomare finished with a goal and an assist for the Pride, while senior defender Elizabeth Zorovich and senior goalie Jaclyn Pandolf grabbed a game-high five ground balls. That total marked a career-high for Zorovich.
Pandolf took the loss for the Pride, making eight saves in 50:46. Freshman Kelsey Gregerson made the first appearance of her career and had two saves in 9:14 minutes of action. Prior to today Pandolf had played every minute of every game dating back to the start of the 2011 season.
Sophomore midfielder Liz Anders led Hofstra with four draw controls.
Stephanie Anderson had two goals and two assists for Rutgers. Steinberg also added four draw controls and two caused turnovers.
Hofstra returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Penn State at 3 p.m.